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Re: Atina Grossmann: Regarding Eric Lichtblau’s News Analysis, “Surviving the Nazis, Only to be Jailed by America”

As the director of the International Tracing Service or ITS in Bad Arolsen, Germany, the institution with the most records of the DPs themselves as well as of the agencies (UNRRA and IRO) in charge of what was then called the "care and maintenance" of Displaced Persons, I would like to support the concerns expressed by Atina Grossmann and Herbert Marcuse and further addressed by Abraham Peck about the misrepresentation of the Jewish DP experience by the journalist Eric Lichtblau.

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CFP: Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today (January 2017)

Call for Papers (Conference):

Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today

Conference Dates: October 19-21, 2017

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO, USA

Re: Harold Marcuse: Eric Lichtblau's book, The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men

Commenting on my own comment: Since writing the post above I have looked more carefully at Lichblau's book, Nazis as Neighbors. Although he did do some digging to get the information he presents on Nazis in the US, there too he is ham-fisted, bolstering prejudices instead of taking the opportunity to educate.

Re: Atina Grossmann: Regarding Eric Lichtblau’s News Analysis, “Surviving the Nazis, Only to be Jailed by America”

It is indeed a shame that Eric Lichtblau so badly interpreted the post-liberation lives of Holocaust survivors in the American Zone of Germany. As both Harold Marcuse and Atina Grossmann point out in their respective posts, Lichtblau, on the basis of either poor scholarship or an effort to immediately sensationalize the remainder of his book, provides misinformation and a series of half-truths regarding both the situation of survivors in the various Displaced Persons camps and the attitude and actions of the American military toward those Jews under its authority.

ANN: Sehepunkte 15 (2015), Nr.2

SEHEPUNKTE - Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften
2/2015

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

für die Erstellung der sehepunkte besitzt die große Gruppe der
(ehrenamtlich tätigen) Fachredakteurinnen und Fachredakteure eine
zentrale Bedeutung: Als Expertinnen und Experten für einzelne
Fachgebiete oder Disziplinen haben sie den Neuerscheinungsmarkt im
Blick, vergeben Rezensionen und unterziehen die eingetroffenen Beiträge
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ANN: Reminder, CFP, SCMLA 2015, German Literature/Culture III (1890-Present) (March 31, 2015)

Call for Papers

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 72nd Annual Conference
October 31 – November 3, 2015
Nashville, TN

Regular Session Section: GERMAN III: LITERATURE AND CULTURE FROM 1890 TO PRESENT
Topic: Boundary Reflections, from the Edges of Empire to the “Mauer im Kopf”

ANN: Reminder -- H-German Syllabus Contest (March 1, 2015)

Last call for submissions for the fourth biennial syllabus contest. Started in 2006, the contest has helped H-German create a syllabus database, and the current contest aims to expand the collection. We hope that this database will serve as a resource for new and more established scholars alike, whether in developing new courses or revamping older courses with different readings, films, and documents.  (View the database here.)

ANN: Reminder: New Books in German History (March 2015)

On March 1, 2015  we will publish our next bulletin on new books in German History and German Studies. If you would like to announce the  publication of your book, please submit the following information to kira.thurman(at)h-german.org by February 28, 2015: the author's name, the title of the book, the press, the month it appeared in print, and a link to the publisher/book's site optional). We are somewhat flexible as to what constitutes a "new" book, but in general we want to publicize books published in the past twelve months.
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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Martin Schaad
Reviewer: 
Christiane Grieb

Grieb on Schaad, 'Dann geh doch rüber - Über die Mauer in den Osten'


Martin Schaad. Dann geh doch rüber - Über die Mauer in den Osten. Berlin: Ch Links Verlag, 2009. x + 208 pp. EUR 4.95 (paper), ISBN 978-3-86153-516-4.

Reviewed by Christiane Grieb (University College London)
Published on H-German (March, 2015)
Commissioned by Shannon Nagy

Stasiobjekt “Mauer”: Menschen im Konflikt zwischen Mauer und Souveränität

Author: 
Leighton S. James
Reviewer: 
Robert D. Billinger, Jr.

Billinger, Jr. on James, 'Witnessing the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in German Central Europe'


Leighton S. James. Witnessing the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in German Central Europe. War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 Series. London: Palgrave Macmillan. xiii + 281 pp. $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-230-24917-2.

Reviewed by Robert D. Billinger, Jr. (Wingate University)
Published on H-German (March, 2015)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

Author: 
Ronny Loewy, Katharina Rauschenberger
Reviewer: 
Margrit Frolich

Frolich on Loewy and Rauschenberger, '"Der Letzte der Ungerechten": Der "Judenälteste" Benjamin Murmelstein in Filmen 1942-1975'


Ronny Loewy, Katharina Rauschenberger. "Der Letzte der Ungerechten": Der "Judenälteste" Benjamin Murmelstein in Filmen 1942-1975. Wissenschaftliche Reihe des Fritz Bauer Instituts Series. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2011. 208 pp. EUR 24.90 (paper), ISBN 978-3-593-39491-6.

Reviewed by Margrit Frolich (University of California San Diego)
Published on H-German (February, 2015)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

"Der Letzte der Ungerechten"

Author: 
Lewis H. Siegelbaum, ed.
Reviewer: 
Zachary Doleshal

Doleshal on Siegelbaum, 'The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc'


Lewis H. Siegelbaum, ed. The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. vii + 242 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8014-4991-8; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8014-7738-6.

Reviewed by Zachary Doleshal (Sam Houston State University)
Published on H-German (February, 2015)
Commissioned by Shannon Nagy

Author: 
Ulrike Weckel
Reviewer: 
Steven R. Cerf

Cerf on Weckel, 'Beschämende Bilder: Deutsche Reaktionen auf alliierte Dokumentarfilme über befreite Konzentrationslager'


Ulrike Weckel. Beschämende Bilder: Deutsche Reaktionen auf alliierte Dokumentarfilme über befreite Konzentrationslager. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2012. 672 pp. EUR 76.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-515-10113-4.

Reviewed by Steven R. Cerf (Bowdoin College)
Published on H-German (February, 2015)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

Author: 
Adam Kożuchowski
Reviewer: 
John Fahey

Fahey on Kożuchowski, 'The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary: The Image of the Habsburg Monarchy in Interwar Europe'


Adam Kożuchowski. The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary: The Image of the Habsburg Monarchy in Interwar Europe. Russian and East European Studies Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. 232 pp. $25.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8229-6265-6.

Reviewed by John Fahey (Purdue University)
Published on H-German (February, 2015)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

Finding Meaning in Austria-Hungary’s Postmortem

Author: 
Hartmut Berghoff, Jürgen Kocka, Dieter Ziegler, eds.
Reviewer: 
Stephen J. Silvia

Silvia on Berghoff and Kocka and Ziegler, 'Business in the Age of Extremes: Essays in Modern German and Austrian Economic History'


Hartmut Berghoff, Jürgen Kocka, Dieter Ziegler, eds. Business in the Age of Extremes: Essays in Modern German and Austrian Economic History. Publications of the German Historical Institute Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ix + 249 pp. $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-01695-8.

Reviewed by Stephen J. Silvia (American University)
Published on H-German (January, 2015)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

Author: 
Pamela E. Swett
Reviewer: 
Janet M. C. Walmsley

Walmsley on Swett, 'Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany'


Pamela E. Swett. Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. 361 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-7355-3; $65.00 (e-book), ISBN 978-0-8047-8883-0.

Reviewed by Janet M. C. Walmsley (George Mason University)
Published on H-German (November, 2014)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

How to Sell in the Hardest of Times

Author: 
Laura Heins
Reviewer: 
Anjeana Hans

Hans on Heins, 'Nazi Film Melodrama'


Laura Heins. Nazi Film Melodrama. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2013. 256 pp. $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-252-07935-1.

Reviewed by Anjeana Hans (Wellesley College)
Published on H-German (October, 2014)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

Women in Nazi Film: Transgressing Morality as an Ideological Tool

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